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King Sequoia Book Talk and Reception

Save the Redwoods League

Monday, October 17, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

King Sequoia Book Talk and Reception

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Meet League President Sam Hodder and William C. Tweed, naturalist and historian, in San Francisco for a discussion of Tweed's new book, King Sequoia: The Tree That Inspired a Nation, Created Our National Park System and Changed the Way We Think about Nature. Light appetizers and wine will be served.

About the Book
King Sequoia: The Tree That Inspired a Nation, Created Our National Park System, and Changed the Way We Think about Nature book coverFrom a towering tree, one of California’s pre-eminent naturalists unspools a history that echoes across generations and continents. Former park ranger William C. Tweed takes readers on a tour of the Big Trees in a narrative that travels deep into the Sierras, around the West, and all the way to New Zealand; and in doing so he explores the American public’s evolving relationship with sequoias. It comes as no surprise that the groves in Yosemite and Calaveras were early tourist destinations, as this species was the embodiment of California’s superlative, almost unbelievable appeal. Threats by logging interests catalyzed protection efforts for sequoias and inspired the idea for national parks. And sequoias’ influence doesn’t end there: as science evolved to consider landscapes more holistically, sequoias were once again at the heart of this attitudinal shift. Featuring an entrancing cast of adventurers, researchers, politicians, and environmentalists, King Sequoia reveals how one tree species has transformed Americans’ connection to the natural world.

About the Author
William C. Tweed brings humans closer to nature using the knowledge and skills he developed during 30 years as a chief naturalist, historian, and writer with the National Park Service. His published works include Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks: The Story Behind the Scenery (KC Publications, 1980); Challenge of the Big Trees: A Resource History of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (co-authored with Larry Dilsaver, Sequoia Naturalist History Association, 1990); Death Valley and the Northern Mojave: A Visitor’s Guide (co-authored with Lauren Davis, Cachuma Press, 2003); and Uncertain Path: A Search for the Future of National Parks (University of California Press, 2010). Tweed makes his home in Bend, Oregon.




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Save the Redwoods League Office
111 Sutter Street
11th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104

Monday, October 17, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

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Save the Redwoods League

Save the Redwoods LeagueSave the Redwoods League is one of the oldest and most respected conservation organizations in the United States. In 2018, Save the Redwoods League celebrates a century of extraordinary accomplishments in protecting and restoring redwood forests and connecting people to their peace and beauty. Since its founding, the League has protected more than 200,000 acres of redwood forests; connected millions of people to these marvels of nature; and helped create 66 redwood parks and reserves.

The League was founded by three prominent conservationists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 1917, the three men drove north on the newly completed Redwood Highway and were appalled by the wanton logging of giant redwoods along the Mendocino coast. Farther north, they discovered vast tracts of undisturbed ancient trees and vowed to do their utmost to protect them.

Working with National Park Service Director Stephen Mather, the three men established the League in 1918. Through the end of the 1920s, the League founded several memorial groves, drove the effort to secure the first acquisitions for Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, spearheaded the campaign to establish a California State Parks Commission, led the successful effort to pass a $6 million state bond for the acquisition of land for state parks and created the historic conservation movement.

Today, the League builds on its founders’ vision through a wide range of initiatives to protect and enhance our threatened redwood landscapes. These initiatives include expanding protected forests; pioneering innovative, science-based forest restoration work; and connecting people to the forest in new ways. | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Blog

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